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Favorite Session Beer

Ali G Sep 1, 2011 08:13 PM

Looking for a good rec on a 12 pack for all day grilling and drinking over the weekend. Nothing >6% so I can actually make it to the end of the night. I'm usually a craft beer guy when having a few, but tend to go the Bud Light, Miller Light, Rolling Rock kind of route when the occasion calls for many beers. Any thoughts? Pale Ales, IPA's, Summer Ales, etc. Not big on too much malt. Not a huge wheat beer fan either.

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  1. inaplasticcup RE: Ali G Sep 1, 2011 08:19 PM

    I don't think it comes in a 12 pack, but I just tried Brasserie Dupont's Biere de Table Avril last week and loved it. Definitely light, crisp, a little green and very mildly hoppy tasting.


    1. Josh RE: Ali G Sep 2, 2011 12:47 AM

      Try Full Sail Session Lager (or Session Black). Both fit the bill perfectly.

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        hawkeyeui93 RE: Josh Sep 29, 2011 05:21 PM

        That is one of my favorites when I'm out in the Pacific Northwest ...

      2. Insidious Rex RE: Ali G Sep 2, 2011 10:51 AM

        My session beer options usually consist of Victory's Lager or Prima Pils and really almost any solid German (or German style) lager or pilsner (below 6%, so no bocks and the like). If I had better access to them I would probably include English milds on that list as well but its trickier to find these reliably in a 12 pack format. But generally when I think session beer I think those types of beers (German style lagers and English style milds). Perhaps you could throw in Saisons since they are by definition low alcohol ales but Id submit they would be as tricky to find in quantity (and affordability) as the English milds are. And While I can accept some pale ales as session beers, Im not sure if I would ever count an American style IPA as a session beer although I know plenty of people do in this high hop era. Of course, some people count a mustang as a good family car because its fun to drive and gets you where you need to go. But to me its a stretch.

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          LStaff RE: Ali G Sep 2, 2011 11:48 AM

          Best bang for the buck for this kind of request imo is St. Pauli Girl. Gotta be within 6 months of bottling date though.

          1. Ali G RE: Ali G Sep 2, 2011 01:00 PM

            Thanks for the replies. I forgot how much I enjoy Victory Prima Pils. I was thinking I'd pick up 2 six packs to mix things up. I've heard a lot of talk about the Full Sail beers, but have never tried any. Might be worth a shot.

            By the way, I was reading the forums at BeerAdvocate and saw some heated discussions on what constitutes a "session" beer. Most say under 4%, some say under 5%. For my purposes, I meant a "sessionable" beer. Meaning I could drink many throughout the day without being banged up by number 4.

            Sticking with the Victory thought, I remember really enjoying Victory Summer Love. Also just over 5%, but I think I can handle that. Decisions, decisions.

            1. Chinon00 RE: Ali G Sep 2, 2011 01:52 PM

              No where near "session" level in my opinion but at 4.9% abv I think that Sly Fox Pikeland Pils is one that might interest you. Plenty of hops and sold in cans for easy transport.

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                cwdonald RE: Chinon00 Sep 5, 2011 03:40 PM

                The other entry from the Philadelphia area to consider is the Yards Brawler. Its modeled after a british mild, which typically are all under 5 percent. The yards brawler has a great malt flavor to it, mildly hopped and comes in at 4.2 percent.

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                Rick RE: Ali G Sep 17, 2011 12:31 PM

                For me it's Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier.

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